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good morning, everyone. it is wednesday, august 17th. taking a live look at the capitol dome this morning. we'll check in with tucker to see what the latest is on your forecast. i'm sarah simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. is it a little breezy out there or is that my imagination? >> that is absolutely your
imagination. it should be on the warm side with highs approaching 90 in a few spots but nice and dry out there. cooling off overnight, not so much here in the city, although 74 not terrible. 63 in frederick and winchester. 68 in fredericksburg. one or two sprinkle to the east of the city overnight. you can see them come and go out towards bowie and catastrophe -- and crofton. most of us will be in the upper 80s. here in washington, i think we'll be at 90. more coming up in a minute. an arrest in the murder of an elderly georgetown woman. police took viola drath's
husband into custody last night. 47-year-old albrecht muth faces a second degree murder charge. 92-year-old thelma city was found dead at her home on monday night. police are not saying much about the death. investigate irs still haven't pinpointed the murky substance floating in the anacostia river. . some testing found petroleum but others showed no consistency. investigators think it came from the past for you days of torrential rain. -- few days of torrential rain. president obama continues his bus tour stopping in illinois today. the white house insists it isn't an official visit. but as tom fitzgerald explains,
some republicans say it is a taxpayer-funded campaign trip. >> i want to hear about the company. >> there are coffee shop sit- downs and lots of handshaking. >> you look wonderful. >> reporter: a brand-new $1.1 million bus. but despite appearances, the white house insists this is business, not politics. >> the only thing that is holding us back is our politics. >> reporter: at an economic forum for iowa farmers, the president unveiled new education and business invested for rural areas. >> the only thing that is preventing us from passing the bills i just mentioned is a refusal of a faction in congress to put government
ahead of party. >> you said we were asking like terrorists. >> reporter: ryan rhodes asked if the vice president had called the tea party terrorists during the meetings on the debt ceiling. >> he said for us to be willing to take the economy to the brink was irresponsible and it was. >> reporter: republicans reject the white house position that the bus tour is not a campaign trip. secret service say the $1.1 million bus will be used by other dignitaries but taxpayers are paying the cost. >> we're not going to sit around and let this joke continue of a bus tour paid for by the taxpayers of the country. >> reporter: for his part, the president will try to recapture some of his 2008 momentum we had when he rolls into his home state of illinois. the president's main theme in iowa was that he was there to listen and it is no accident that all three states on this bus tour are states that he won in 2008 and will be key again
if he is successful in his re- election efforts in 2012. tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. taking a live look at the washington monument this morning. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. >> let's check in with tucker barnes. he has latest on the weather. welcome back, care. >> good to see you. felt great when i got up at 3:00. >> you bet it did. >> it should be a beautiful day, lots of sunshine expected. let's get started with a look
at our satellite-radar. we had one or two sprinkles overnight east of the city. that is about it. much quieter weather. cold front north and west of chicago. that will bring us some rain showers with the possible of rain around here tomorrow. until then, we should be just fine as we have very quiet conditions in raleigh, new york and penn hills. >> penn hills? >> yes. >> do you go there often? >> never been there in my life. as the return flow comes in, we'll star to increase the huge around here. not today so much but as we get into tomorrow and particularly fruit, we'll have humidity around. highs in the upper 80s to about 90. >> not too bad out there. let's check in with lauren demarco. she is in for julie this week for traffic. >> good morning. things are looking good out there with rather light volume.
let's take a live look out there. in montgomery county on the outer loop, prior to georgia avenue is where we did have reports of a wreck. no real delay to speak of at this time. things look good as you head into college park and silver spring. overnight construction wrapping up around town. let's take a look as you travel northbound 359. no real problems on the beltway up past the pentagon acontracts 14th street bridge on to the freeway. your lanes are open and running well. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. over to you. >> thank you. this morning's big story, an arrest in the murder of a 91- year-old georgetown woman. last night, police took viola drath's 47-year-old husband into custody. stacy cohan has more. >> reporter: good morning. 47-year-old albrecht muth was arrested shortly before 8:00
p.m. yesterday just a few blocks away from the home the couple shared here on q street. fox 5 did obtain some video of that arrest. muth has told police he found his 91-year-old wife unconscious in their home friday morning. court records show he has been arrested a total of four times since 1992 on domestic violence charges. each case was linked to the address he shared here in georgetown with his wife, viola drath n one case, he pled guilty. drath was an author, playwright and journalist. she married miewght when -- muth when he was 26 years old and she was 07. >> it is scary, kind of eerie. >> why eerie? >> not really sure. you could never read him. it is a friendly l.i.e.
place. he never smiled, always looked straight ahead. >> reporter: he has been widely described as eccentric, often walking the neighborhood in uniforms and claiming to be part of the iraqi military. we still have not learned details about how drath was killed. we are expecting to learn more when the medical examiner releases an autopsy report later today. i'm stacy cohan reporting live. back to you. >> thank you. in maryland now, still no suspect in the murder of another elderly woman. police in district heights found 92-year-old thelma steele dead on her couch monday night. police are not saying much about the investigate or how steele died but they are asking the community for help to report any suspicious activity. new this morning, d.c. police are investigating a deadly shooting. they say a map was found shot dead on 15th street northwest near euclid street this morning. police are questioning two
suspects but no one has been charged so far. now to a bombshell in the albert haynesworth sexual harassment case. just one week before trial, an independent investigation has uncovered an alleged bribe offer to one of the government witnesses. that witness is a security guard who was at the w hotel rooftop bar in february. a waitress claimed haynesworth fondled her while sliding his credit card down her plows. his attorney has filed several motions to have the case dismissed and he spoke to fox 5. >> there were only about three witness whose saw this whole thing. but the important part about these affidavits is that they go directly against the government's case and between the alleged bribe, between the consent that the witnesses are now saying occurred that night, it is opposition that the case ought to be dismissed. >> the next court date is august 23rd. president obama says a lone wolf terror attack like the one
in norway last months the most likely kind of tax next to hit the united states. 77 people died in the shooting in norway. the president say the federal government is monitoring all the potential scenarios for an attack. president obama's bus tour rolls on in the upper midwest. he was in iowa seeking input from people directly affected by the economy. he reassured farmer, businessmen and others who took part in an economic forum. he told the crowd at a northeast iowa community college that the country will get through the ongoing time of relentless jobless' and criticize republicans for partying party ahead of country. we are following developing news in the disappearance of a little girl i'm tragic discovery and apparent
the search for a missouri girl is over. earlier this week, police say a neighbor admitted suffocating her after finding her near his backyard pool. that man, 43-year-old sean morgan, remains jailed without bopped. a message from big tobacco this morning. those warning labels are too graphic. four of the five biggest tobacco companies in the u.s. are now suing the federal government over the new label on cigarette packs. they say the labels violate their free speech rights by requiring them to carry government-sponsored messages. new details on the flash
mob robbery in montgomery county last weekend. police are using the surveillance video from the 7- eleven on wisteria drive in germantown to find the suspects. they are also using the same tool to had help track down the 28 people involved. the montgomery county police chief tells our brian bowler how they're tracking them down. >> i imagine we're talking about social media here, right? >> we are. one of the things that is helping us with this case is the fact that this video has just gone viral and we have had tremendous response from the community. right about now, we've identified over half of the individuals involved because the community has seen this video and called us with the names of some of the folk involved. >> the next logical question, i think, would be if these people are using social media to organize something like this, you're able to catch them through social media, makes me think that they are not of age or on the younger side.
are you getting that impression? >> most of the folk we've identified are under the age of 18. >> what are you doing about that. ultimately, there is a higher power of looking after the behavior of these kids and that is the parents, right? doesn't the buck stop there? >> absolutely. a lot of these kids we have determined very likely came from the montgomery county fair. when that closed, they took the last bus out of there, came to the germantown transits center and a group of them started toward the seven eleven. we don't know if they tweeted their friend to increase the number of folk. we suspect that is what occurred. they went in and just really took control of that seven eleven for about 60 seconds. >> chief manger says many of those arrested will likely go to juvenile court and that is where he says the judge will able to look at any family
situations and hopefully prevent this from happening again. the mystery in the anacostia river. what is that strange substance floating into the water and where did it come from? we'll hear from the clean-up crew, coming up next. lots of sunshine expected in the forecast today. high temperatures near the 90- degree mark. i'll have the details on that and lauren demarco is in with a look at your on-time traffic coming up right after the break. [ female announcer ] they've been off limits to dieters since time began.
make room for another burger joint in d.c. this time it is bobby play's place. bobby's burger palace opened its doors on k street northwest to a hungry crowd offering up 10 signature burgers, all cooked to order and we all caught up with the chef himself. >> the other thing we do is we actually crunchify the burger if you want. that means can you have thin, crisp potato ships on each burger and it's free. >> they also serve up milk shakes and malts to watch everything down. >> it looks really good. and it is a palace too. >> it looked like a palace. >> ten signature burgers.
you know they got be for good. >> where is it locateed? >> k street northwest. >> maybe we'll go later today. >> it will object the warm side if highs in the upper 80s to about 90. that is about where we should be. the possibility of some rain tomorrow. >> do we still need some? >> we can always use rain around here. we had a good batch of it. it got a little warmer than expected as highs got into the upper 80s. dulles, 87 yesterday. bwi marshal, 85. it felt pretty good with less humidity. today, we should have lots of sunshine and the huge should be in check for the remainder of our day today. can't remember what day it is. here is your temperature right now at reagan national. we are still running pretty warm here in the city and out in annapolis.
most of the city in the 60s. 67 in quantico. flirt with the 50s in a few spots. frederick is 61. 64 at dulles. possible that, if we can lose a few more degrees to the temperatures here off to the north and west, we could see a little fog develop. be ready for that. that will be the worst of your morning forecast. otherwise, bright sunshine expected. another beautiful day across the area as we don't have a whole lot in the way of any we -- of any weather to show you here. if you look north and west, look out towards west virginia, ohio, up into michigan. high pressure will bring us clear conditions and lots of quiet later today so nice conditions. wind will be oust north and west this morning. they will start to shift out of the south. we have a cold front that will bring us the possibility of some showers and thunderstorms. there you go.
sunshine, a warm afternoon. that should say 90 degrees here in washington. the five-day forecast, warm today and tomorrow. scat arerred showers back in the forecast on friday. nothing too extreme with temperatures generally where they should be the next couple of days. let's do some on-time traffic and see if traffic is where it should be. >> like how you brought the 90s back with you for at least a day. thank you for that. you're very welcome. >> things looking very good right now. no problems to report. we could take a live look at that as you head out of fredericksburg up past wood brim across the occoquan towards springfield. your lanes are open and running well. any overnight construction could be wrapping up. equipment getting out of there and there are no delays. 395 also running well. 66, we saw briefly there. we do have some construction as you travel westbound. you want to stay to the right near the vienna metro.
yesterday, we had the ramp to the beltway blocked off a little bit past 5:00 a.m. kind of caused a backup. so watch for that. 270 southbound out of frederick, no problems for you past germantown and rockville towards the split. your lanes open and running incident-free. nothing to report on the beltway. earlier, we were looking at the beltway at route 50 for a second there. prince george's county, your lanes are open. nice light volume on the american legion bridge at this hour. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. we should get an update today on the dulles metrorail project. there will be a meeting to discuss how to trim a billion dollars off that estimate cost. last month, the airport authority voted to build an above-ground station but negotiation on the measure are ongoing. as we reported live yesterday, there is something strange floating in the anacostia river. investigators still don't know what it is. it was first reported as a
possible oil spill but now the evidence suggests it is something else. sherry ly spent the day along the river with clean-up crews. >> with the tidal movement, it is shifting back and forth. >> reporter: d.c. fire boats on the anacostia river trying to track down the dark brown murky substance, not knowing where it came from or what it is. >> proceeded upriver, looking at the marinas trying to go through a process of elimination. it is not from this. it is not from this. >> reporter: from the air, you can see what appears to be a giant slick floating downriver. it stretched between the 11th street bridge to the south and the new york avenue bridge to the north. initial tests by d.c. fire found evidence of petroleum but further testing created more uncertainty. >> this morning, we found no significant reports of salve sheeping or petroleum-based products. >> reporter: so far, the
river's wildlife shows no sign of peril. >> we are not seeing any fish kills or birds coated in oil. we are not seeing any of that. >> reporter: the river is heavily polluted and the introduction of another possible contaminant is troubling. >> there is a cocktail of contaminants in this river, pcbs and perform ahs, heavy metals like lead, arsenic and mercury. >> reporter: investigators have a strong suspicion whatever the substance is came from the past few days of torrential rains. >> anythings that was on the ground certainly washed down the river. that might have been the source of. this. >> reporter: fire crews set up booms along several miles of bladensburg. if it were oil, the booms would have absorbed it but they didn't catch anything. possible sources are being inspected further upriver into prince george's county. a new study examine the
impact of the recession on the nation's children. research by the annie casey foundation found that 14 million children were considered poor in 2009. she concluded that they will likely suffer economically and socially long after their parents have recovered. you may want to turn off the tv right after the news. australian researchers said people would averaged five hours of television every day did not live as long as those who did not watch tv. netflix is targeting your children. the company is launching a just for kids tabs. the video can be streamed
through video game consoles, the ipad computer tablet and smart phones. the company has about 1,000 titles in its streaming library so far. redskins training camp has come to an end but not without a little heated exchange between two teammates and it was apparent hi because of something that happened in last friday's pre-season opener. up next, we'll hear from the two men that had to be separated. you are watching fox 5 morning news. we'll be right back. 3q ughhh. trash builds up and can make your dishwasher smell. over time, grease and residue get stuck inside. for an intensive clean, use finish dishwasher cleaner. it's taking out the trash for your dishwasher.
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hand. the final dave training camp ended on a dramatic note. deangelo hall and chris horton went at each other. no punches were thrown but they did have to be separated. the issue may stem from horton missing and assignment last week. there has been some friction between the two with hall questioning horton's performance. >> it happened on the field. it's done. you got to learn to communicate with your teammates and we got to work together. ain't nobody going to be in there hugging now. no grudge or nothing like that. >> it happens. it's over. moving on. >> what led to this altercation? >> no, i don't want to get into
it. it's done. we'll move forward. >> those things occur. it is part of camp. you talk about. it you talk about keeping your poise but youened how it happens. two competitive guys getting after it. it is the nature of the game. it's happened every place i've been. >> coach shanahan spoke to both hall and horton individually after practice end made them run a couple 100-yard sprints too. the nats back home to face the reds. d.c. would score three runs to take the lead. they would add home republicans. nats win this one 6-4678 the same two feels go back at it again tonight. the nats paid tribute to the nation's newest veterans and the men child in the recent navy seal helicopter crash. fox 5's bob barnard reports. >> reporter: the nats took batting practice wearing ball caps of a different military branches honoring 309 navy
seals, soldiers and hair men killed in afghanistan a week ago saturday. >>-- and airmen killed in afghanistan a week ago saturday. >> what they go through, what they sacrifice for our country is a totally different thing. >> it is devastating. the military is like one big family. when you lose somebody, no matter what unit they're in, you feel like a lose a piece of themselves. >> sometimes being back here you kind of forget you are in a war. you go back to your day to day life and you see something like that and it is a terrible reminder that there are people losing their lives for our freedom. >> reporter: more than 6,000 u.s. servicemen and women have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. that helicopter crash was the single deadliest incident for the u.s. military in the 10 years we've been at war in afghanistan. these veterans say it is good to honor the dead but remember
the living have issues. >> i think homelessness and joblessness are the top two that face the country and reassimilating. it is hard. >> reporter: the founder of iraq and afghanistan veterans of america says his membership has a 20% up employment rate. >> so our message to everybody in the area and around the country is if you really want to support vets and troops, hire them. >> it was very hard for me to find a job. i ended up going to school for about a year and a half until i actually found a good job. >> reporter: but christopher adams lost his wife. >> it is very hard readjusting family-wise. just getting back into the flow of things, dealing with your family f you're married. you went through a divorce when i came home and it was really bad. >> reporter: althoughing her after two very long tours in iraq. >> when i came home, she was like, hey, when are you leaving again. it was not bad though. she was used to me not being there. >> reporter: for this night, y